Being a wedding planner, I knew exactly where to pull the vision from to make it personal and unique. The colors and flowers were a nod to our wedding in Pennsylvania ten years earlier with special touches as elements we enjoy on the regular. From a design perspective, I wanted to do something totally different than what I see in our daily weddings. I took the deep hues from our original wedding colors 10 years before but added in a wider variety of colors and a few pops of mauve so it wasn’t too dark.

I love all things gold and was inspired by some plates I saw last season in Anthropologie that were clear and looked like they had a gold doily in the middle of them. I took this idea into play by using gold doilies as place cards at the table to achieve the same look with a clear plate. When one of your very best friends happens to be a florist you work with on the regular and who knows your design language, you get a design dream! Lori, owner of Petaloso, and I met over coffee to walk through the design board Blake and I created, and she made my floral dreams come true! We didn’t want the tabletop to be too over the top because of the natural beauty of the venue, hanging chandeliers and the focal point of the car.

The car… This, by far, was my absolute favorite detail of the entire day! A family heirloom 1965 Dodge Dart with overflowing flowers created a self-serve, “Veuve is Love” pop-up, champagne bar. The night wouldn’t have been a celebration without my favorite Veuve Clicquot being a part of it, so why not showcase it and combine it with one of Justin’s favorite things? He and his grandfather restored this car together and we recently inherited it after his passing a few years ago.

From Justin – My grandfather and I had a love of classic cars that brought us all close together. Pop spent most of his adult life restoring the 1965 Dodge Dart 270 Convertible. When I was a little boy, I mostly handed him tools until I grew up to help with bigger projects on the car. After he died in 2016, I inherited the car. He was present at our wedding and so I wanted a way to have his memory be a part of our vow renewal. Petaloso filled the open trunk with florals surrounding buckets of ice perfect for serving Veuve Clicquot and rather have it become a traditional “getaway car,” it was parked as a central part of our cocktail hour. This created a space to toasting, intimate conversations, and of course discussions of the car, and Pop’s history.

event planner: Pure Luxe Bride | photographer: The Happy Bloom | venue: Wingate Plantation | cake: Holy City Waffles | invitations: Shutterfly Weddings | calligraphy: Calligraphy by J. Lily Design | flowers: Petaloso | rentals + decor: EventWorks Rentals, OOH Events, 428 Main | live painting: Wed on Canvas | gown: Monique Lhullier for BHLDN | hair + makeup: Pampered and Pretty |lighting: Charleston Uplighting

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